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New Single: Chicago USA

Cover art for "Chicago USA" by The Jerrys

My new single, “Chicago USA,” is now available as a free download. The song is a tribute to two of my favorite childhood songs, “Downtown” and “I Know a Place” (both made popular by Petula Clark), as well as my contribution to songs about Chicago. I’ve nothing against “Sweet Home Chicago,” but it’s time for a new Chicago song, and this is what I think it should sound like:

 

Chicago USA

There’s a place I know
where you can go.
Every time you go there
you feel good.
It’s a real cool place to be.
It’s the kind of place for me.
It’s where I want to be–
always something
to be found
always something
going down wow!

Chicago
Chicago USA
Chicago U-S-A!

There’s a place I know
where you can be
anything you want to.
It’s all good.
It’s such a sight to see!
It’s just right for me.
It’s where I want to be–
always something
downtown
always something
going round wow!

Chicago
Chicago USA
Chicago U-S-A!

Music and lyrics ©2016 by Jerry Schwartz

Go ahead. Give it a listen!

Jerrys Announce New EP, ‘The Wind Cries Jerrys’

The Jerrys drums logo by ScottyRocks

It’s official: The Wind Cries Jerrys, a 6-song EP containing new original songs by Jerry Schwartz, will be released by The Jerrys in 2017. Recording is well under way and expected to be completed by spring, with mixing and mastering to follow. A new single, “Chicago USA,” which the band previewed live on WZRD Chicago in 2016, will be released ahead of the EP.

Track listing
  1. Chicago USA
  2. Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo
  3. I Think About You
  4. Ms. Wonderful
  5. Another Glorious Day
  6. Anna Marie

The new release also features Robert Porche’ (drums), Jim Losby (bass guitar), and a surprise guest. Stay tuned for new music by the Jerrys!

(Image is a photo of original print by ScottyRocks.)

Why I Moved From Tumblr to WordPress

wordpress-logo

I recently moved my website from Tumblr to WordPress. Here the top 5 reasons I switched:

1. Tumblr’s lousy search engine optimization
2. More customization with WordPress
3. Tendency to overshare on Tumblr
4. Plugins!
5. Yahoo

The move took more of my time than I wanted it to (like the time I moved from Blogger to Tumblr), but I needed a content management system and space to grow, and the obvious answer was WordPress. I’m glad I switched.

The Jerrys Live Tonight on WZRD

WZRD Wizard

The Jerrys will play live in the studio at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM tonight (April 21, 2016) at 10 PM. Joining me will be Robert Porche’ (drums and vocals) and Jim Losby (bass guitar and vocals).

Here’s how to listen to the show:

Radio
If you live on the north side of Chicago, tune in to WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on your radio dial.

Computer
Listen to the live stream.

Phone
Use the Tune In app, available at iTunes and Google Play.

In addition to original music, we’ve got a couple of surprises in store, so kick back and enjoy the show.

The Jerrys to Play on WZRD

WZRD Wizard

My band, The Jerrys, will play live in the studio at WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on Thursday, April 21, at 10 PM. Joining me that evening will be Robert Porche (drums and vocals) and Jim Losby (bass guitar and vocals).

Here’s how to listen to the show:

Radio
If you live on the north side of Chicago, tune in to WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM on your radio dial.

Computer
Listen to the live stream.

Phone
Use the Tune In app, available at iTunes and Google Play.

In addition to original music by The Jerrys, we’ve got a surprise or two in store, so grab your favorite cold beverage, kick back, and enjoy the show!

ABOUT THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE
Every Thursday night at 10 pm, WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM welcomes a new live band to the station to play a set. In true freeform fashion, you never know who you’ll hear on the Wizard. Tune in on Thursday nights for live music!